A recent presentation by DARPA director Arati Prabhakar provides insight into what kind of research DARPA is interested in and how it is used by the warfighter.
A good indicator of the views of House Science Committee Republicans on the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, NASA, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Science Foundation can be found in a eight-page document submitted to the House Budget Committee. “Views and Estimates; Committee on Science, Space and Technology; Fiscal Year 2014” provides insight into the positions of twenty of the twenty-one committee Republicans on these agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Transportation.
At the White House this morning, President Obama revealed the BRAIN Initiative -Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies. Planned as a neurotechnology parallel to the Human Genome Mapping project, the goal is to advance the science and technology of the study of the human brain by leaps and bounds. The initiative will be funded with $100 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) supports NIH’s mission and works with extramural researchers. If you’re interested in learning more about OER, take a look at the 2012 report just posted online.
Fledgling scientists, space exploration and basic science and medical research could suffer the most severe wounds if the sequester takes effect and the federal government is forced to make across-the-board spending cuts.
In an interview with the Washington Post, former U.S. National Institutes of Health director Elias Zerhouni noted that young scientists will most keenly feel the cuts to research. The NIH only has 20 percent of its money in a given year available for new grants, and about half of that goes to continuing research in promising scientific areas, leaving just 10 percent for new investigations. The agency is now facing the prospect of an 8 percent across-the-board cut in future fiscal years.
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